Best vegan ice cream in Singapore: Where to find delicious dairy-free treats
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There are usually two camps when it comes to food consumption — those that eat whatever the heck they want, and those that make conscious choices about what they devour. While it appears that life is more fun with the former, health enthusiasts have a plethora of scrumptious choices these days. From Impossible Foods' plant-based meats to turmeric lattes, the guilt-free camp seems to get more appealing by the day. To help you along, vegan ice cream has now made a meteoric rise to the top of the food chain, and is now all the rage in our city. For the uninitiated, vegan ice cream contains no dairy, and uses plant-based milk (soy, coconut, or almond) as a substitute. Below, a round-up of where to find these guilt-free treats.
For lovers of gelato, Shirollina is definitely for you. The vegan ice cream shop was established by founder Shira Biton, who went in search of healthy tasting desserts after being diagnosed with a chronic condition. As such, Shirollina's offerings are not only vegan, but also gluten-free, dairy-free, diabetic-friendly, soy-free, and made with premium, organic and all-natural ingredients. Indulge in three monthly staple flavours — rich chocolate, Mediterranean cheesecake, and cookies & cream — with a guest flavour introduced every month.
The Promenade @ Pelikat, #01-104
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 12pm-5pm
Delivery options are also available to North-East, East and Central areas.
If you're getting ice cream from a fourth-generation ice cream maker (yes you read that right, fourth generation), you know that the sweet dessert will definitely be stellar. Helmed by an ice cream master, Northern Bl°c prides themselves on being 'exceptional ice cream alchemists'. With nine unorthodox flavours like Hazelnut & Rose, Chocolate & Orange Blossom and Pear & Ginger, the company proves that ice cream doesn't have to contain dairy to taste delicious. Plus, their new plastic-free packaging is made 100% biodegradable, compostable and paper recyclable, so you're contributing zero waste to the environment.
Available to purchase online at Redmart.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, this soft serve ice cream brand serves up the cold dessert in Insta-worthy black charcoal cones. The signature cones are naturally coloured with activated charcoal, and to keep things fresh, they're hand-rolled just minutes before you get one. Perfect for the adventurous ice cream lovers, flavours at Little Damage are rotated seasonally and made from unconventional recipes. The parlour keeps at least one vegan option in its rotation, so rest assured you can enjoy the cool treat anytime you stop by.
2 Haji Lane
Opening hours: (Sun - Thu) 11.30am-10.30pm, (Fri - Sat) 11.30am-1am
The Ice Cream & Cookie Co.
One of the first manufacturers to launch vegan products in the Singapore market, The Ice Cream & Cookie Co. believed there was a need for vegan desserts as people are increasingly conscious of what they choose to eat. Their key consideration was crafting vegan ice cream that tasted as good as traditional ice cream — and you'll be surprised, because it does. Get hold of one of their vegan tubs, in Dark Chocolate, Tropical Coconut, Calamansi, Acai Berry, or Mango, for your next home party or guilt-free binge session. Or if you prefer, their renowned ice cream sandwiches have two vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free flavours in Dark Chocolate and Island Coconut. You can thank us later.
Kind Kones' philosophy is to embrace being kind to your mind, body, and the planet by eating right. From ice cream to desserts, everything on the menu at Forum The Shopping Mall is free from dairy, egg, refined sugar, and anything artificial — offering plenty of gluten-free and soy-free options. They might have an impressive range of almost 100 ice cream flavours, but each are made in-house from a variety of plant-based nut milk blends and produced in small batches. Try Kind Kones' delectable flourless sweet potato brownie and their cookie butter ice cream on an almond cone, reminiscent of the addictive Lotus Biscoff cookies of our youth.
Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
Zebra Dream's organic, dairy-free ice creams are a worldwide hit. Founded in Melbourne, these tubs of goodness come in seven mouthwatering flavours, ranging from an indulgent Choc Peanut Butter to a refreshing Strawberry Baobab. The combinations are coconut-based, low in sugar, and delicately layered with cacao, superfoods, and are chockfull of flavour. Surprise your dinner guests next time you host with this honest-to-goodness dessert.
Zebra Dream is available online at Little Farms.
Schmoot has cleverly coined 'r'ice creams' — healthy cones made from organic crystal brown rice, organic evaporated sugar cane juice, real fruit, and pure nut butters. Each scoop contains only 80 to 140 calories, which is a third of regular ice creams. Schmoot's flavours take on Asian notes with Thai Tea and Matcha, to Xiao Hei (sesame) and Gila Gula Melaka. If a special occasion is round the corner, ice cream cakes are also available with at least 72 hours' notice.
#01-03, 8 Sin Ming Road
Opening hours: (Sun-Thurs) 12pm to 10pm, (Fri-Sat) 12pm to 10.30pm